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Poster: Scrim Date: Jan 8, 2008 1:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Sugaree

I always figured Sugaree had a connection to the song Elizabeth Cotten sang: I've Got a Secret (Didn't we shake Sugaree).

But I see that the song Garcia sang has lyrics that are wholly Robert Hunter.

Any thoughts on this song? Historical perspectives? Is "Sugaree" a traditional subject?



Addendum:
Rusty York wrote a song named Sugaree which was a big hit in 1959. Johnny Winter even covered it later.



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Poster: AshesRising Date: Jan 9, 2008 4:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sugaree

Scrim: I was kinda surprised not to find too much about "Sugaree" on the web last night ..part of it, I'm sure, was that I kept getting distracted. You may be familiar with David Dodd's web site and book (link below for additional info.) - I found the following on his site but not much more:

"The title is reminiscent of the Elizabeth Cotten song, "I've Got a Secret (Shake Sugaree)". Fred Neil recorded the tune in a version in which he re-worked the melody somewhat.
Versions of a "Sugaree" (not the Garcia/Hunter tune) appear on: Hank Ballard's Sexy Ways (which also includes "Tore Up Over You") AND Tinsley Ellis' Cool On It"
[@1995-2007 by David G. Dodd]
http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/sugaree.html (if you go to that link and scroll to the bottom, there is just a little more info. regarding the lyrics but not much.)

Goin' to hell in a bucket,
--- AshesRising

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jan 8, 2008 11:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sugaree

Sugaree is my favorite, Scrim. As a '73 Deadhead lover, I "came back" to the Dead here on the LMA. When I heard my 1st extended version of Sugaree (Anchorage Alaska, June 20, 1980 sbd) on here, I freaked out. I became completely addicted to Sugaree. As far as I know, this is the big deal with Sugaree -- these highly-prized, special gems done in their touching, extended version arrangements.

I put up a recent post about Sugaree. Here's the thread. It contains another thread provided by bluedevil.
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=169794

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Poster: Scrim Date: Jan 8, 2008 1:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sugaree

That was way too funny!